Middlesbrough linked with surprise striker move plus Celtic in 'advanced talks' with Sunderland forward

Middlesbrough are reportedly interested in signing former Sunderland striker Josh Maja for a cut-price deal.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 6:00 am

The 22-year-old has two years left on his contract at French club Bordeaux after scoring three goals in 15 Premier League appearances during a loan spell at Fulham last season.

According to The Daily Mirror, Boro are interested in bringing the 22-year-old to Teesside this summer.

Boro boss Neil Warnock is said to be a fan of Maja and tried to sign him from Sunderland when he was manager at Cardiff.

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Josh Maja playing for Fulham.
Josh Maja playing for Fulham.

Bordeaux would have to significantly lower their asking price for the move to be completed though.

Fulham had a £9million option to buy Maja at the end of last season but turned the opportunity down.

Maja left Sunderland in January 2019 and has scored nine goals in 45 appearances for Bordeaux.

Boro boss Neil Warnock said at the end of last season that he wants to sign three new strikers this summer.

The Teessiders were also credited with interest in Sunderland frontman Charlie Wyke, yet it’s believed the 28-year-old wasn’t on the club’s radar.

It’s been claimed that Wyke, who will be out of contract at Sunderland this summer, is in advanced talks with Celtic.

The Black Cats have offered new deals to Aiden McGeady, Denver Hume and Luke O’Nien, who are also out of contract.

Hume and O’Nien have also been linked with Boro, yet reports last week suggested the latter is close to agreeing a new deal at the Stadium of Light.

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